Saints sign former Patriots DT Malcom Brown to 3-year, $15M deal

Postado Março 17, 2019

The deal is worth $15 million, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The New Orleans Saints are clearly focusing on their need to add more defensive help for the 2019 season by adding some run-stopping support with defensive tackle Malcolm Brown.

Brown, 25, was the Patriots' 2015 first-round pick and won two Super Bowl titles during his four-year tenure in Foxborough. He made 186 tackles and 8.5 sacks, peaking at 50 tackles in 2016 and three sacks in 2015 and 2016. Although the former Texas Longhorn never started less than 12 games a season during his New England tenure, he also never fully blossomed into the every-down game-wrecking behemoth Bill Belichick envisioned him as when he was drafted.

Saints starting nose tackle Tyeler Davison is an unrestricted free agent and the team has depth concerns at their other defensive tackle spot, with starter Sheldon Rankins recovering from a torn Achilles and backup David Onyemata facing potential discipline for a marijuana possession charge. Brown was still a big piece of the defensive line, playing 44 percent of the defensive snaps, mostly as a space eater on first and second downs.